The Pandemic Changed Transportation. Can Cities Hold Course?

“People are becoming more fluent around things like bike lanes, bus lanes and ‘slow streets,’ and neighborhood streets,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, a former New York City transportation commissioner under Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration and a founding principal with Bloomberg Associates. Sadik-Khan now chairs the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). “The kinds of things that were not top-of-mind before are now much more part of the common vocabulary. Coming from the perspective of transportation, I think one of the enduring images of the COVID-19 era will be this global transformation of streets and public spaces.”
Lanes void of vehicle traffic early on in the pandemic showed transportation and city leaders an outline for future use, Sadik-Khan said at the Micromobility World conference last week.

Her comments follow a recent report by StreetLight Data, which ranks the 100 largest U.S. metros along several metrics to chart their greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.